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Genetically modified rice hits Switzerland
The country's largest retailer Migros has confirmed finding traces of genetically modified rice, supplied from the United States, that is banned in Switzerland.

Migros says the storage silos containing the LL 601 rice have now been sealed but it is unclear whether any of the rice actually went on sale. Both Migros and rival Coop have suspended sales of long-grain rice from the US.

Migros spokesman Monica Glisenti said that traces of the unapproved rice were found after laboratory tests, adding that the concentration level was 0.01 per cent.

No genetically modified rice is permitted in Switzerland.

Glisenti said that the LL 601 rice was found in a shipment of 1,500 tons. Long-grain rice from other countries is to remain on the shelves, she said.

She noted that examination had only been possible this week because the new tests had only just become available for Migros.

As a result, it could not be ruled out that banned rice had already been sold in Switzerland.
MGR Archive 14.9.2006
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